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Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

“Adrift at sea”. “Facebook-lite”. According to former Googler Chris Medina, that’s exactly what Google+ is. Rather than serving as the “social backbone” it was designed to be, Media thinks Google+ is about as far from that missive as possible. In a recent post on blogging site Medium, Medina took aim at his former company’s “social” platform, calling them out for violating privacy and trust along the way. If you’re wondering what gives Medina pause to take on Plus, it’s easy: he used to work on it.

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Man tracks down stolen package through Facebook, surveillance footage

Man tracks down stolen package through Facebook, surveillance footage

It's not unheard of these days for delivered packages to go missing, especially when so many people are buying potentially valuable gifts online. The delivery service drives up, leaves a box at your front door when no one answers, and someone nearby with ill intentions and a chance opportunity snatches the item and runs off. One man in Texas recently found himself in this situation, but through creative use of a surveillance camera and Facebook, he actually managed to track down and recover his package.

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Apple may automate iAds, which spells trouble for Facebook, Google

Apple may automate iAds, which spells trouble for Facebook, Google

You see them all the time, but probably don’t really know how they get to you. Companies like Facebook and Google have ad networks, just like Apple, but there’s one key difference: automation. Facebook and Google both do it, and it seems Apple is going to be getting involved as well. The currently-very-old-school iAd business may be going automated, as a now-pulled press release (still available via cache) from a self-proclaimed partner of Apple’s describes full automation for 250,000-plus iOS Developers.

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Facebook rolls out Groups, brings another app to your screen

Facebook rolls out Groups, brings another app to your screen

In their continued effort to take over your smartphone screen, Facebook has released Groups. The app’s purpose is simple enough; it’s for group messaging. Yeah, that’s really it. Facebook has taken an aspect of their messaging platform and splintered it off into a standalone app. The new Groups app is complimentary, though; there won’t be the divide we saw with Messenger months ago. You can still access Groups via the Facebook app, or via Messenger. Or, now, via a standalone app.

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Facebook Techwire wants to bring you the news

Facebook Techwire wants to bring you the news

A lot of news breaks via a lot of avenues. Twitter, personal blogs, and even website exclusives. Though over one billion users digitally inhabit the site, the source for breaking news is almost never Facebook. With a special focus on technology, Facebook is launching FB Techwire, a companion service to their Newswire service. The service will have photos, videos, and status updates. Like Newswire, Techwire uses Storyful as its back-end provider. According to Facebook, users can expect Techwire to be real-time, too.

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Facebook at Work service rumored in testing for business users

Facebook at Work service rumored in testing for business users

If you can't resist the urge to get on Facebook while at work, the company's new rumored work-in-progress will either alleviate your guilt or feed your addiction. It's called Facebook at Work, and according to sources that spoke to the Financial Times it'll be targeting the likes of Google, LinkedIn, and more by providing a platform specifically for business users. The new site, says the sources, will look more or less like Facebook with both groups and newsfeeds, but will bring with it things like the ability to collaborate over documents.

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Facebook will reduce ‘overly promotional’ ads in News Feed

Facebook will reduce ‘overly promotional’ ads in News Feed

When you log-on to Facebook, it’s likely to check out your news feed. Facebook’s feed is an evolving product, with many changes having been made recently. Now Facebook will tackle promotional content. After surveying “hundreds of thousands” of users about their feelings toward the content they see, Facebook is ready to crack down. Now, we’ll see less “promotional” material in our news feed, even from those sources we already follow. Like always, the goal is to give us content we “care about”.

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Is Facebook’s privacy update welcome or whitewash?

Is Facebook’s privacy update welcome or whitewash?

Listen to Mark Zuckerberg & Co., and Facebook's privacy changes this week are not only benign but in your very best interest. A pared down explanation on data protection that's ostensibly clearer than before, as well as a guide to exactly what the privacy settings can do, were the sweetener to the side news that Facebook would actually be doing more information sharing, at least between its recent acquisitions like Instagram and WhatsApp. Problem is, we've heard those same explanations before, and they've already got at least one big company into very hot water.

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Facebook tackles privacy with policy overhaul

Facebook tackles privacy with policy overhaul

Facebook is taking another try at streamlining its privacy features, paring back its privacy policy, giving more control over ads, and throwing open the whole thing for user feedback. The social site has launched Privacy Basics, a set of interactive guides to show users exactly what controls they have about who sees their posts, whose posts they see, what information is gathered about them from the links they click, and how they can manage their friends list with more granularity. Since everything is better with a set of animated characters, meanwhile, there's a purple dinosaur among others to help guide people through.

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Facebook Say Thanks: prepare yourself

Facebook Say Thanks: prepare yourself

So you're all about the newest thing in the Facebook universe, right? You want to get in on all the newest software in the social networking globosphere as fast as possible, correct? You're in luck - we're got news for you. This is Facebook Say Thanks. It's a system in which you'll use Facebook to send a video to your best friend, thanking them for whatever you need to thank them for. Thank them for the Say Thanks video they just sent you, if you really want.

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